Sonoma Coast Wine


The Sonoma Coast AVA is an extensive part of Sonoma County, California. It stretches between San Pablo Bay to Mendocino along the Pacific coast, east to the coastal ranges. The climate created by such close proximity to the Pacific Ocean is that of heavy rainfall, cool winds and heavy fog. Most of the vineyards are planted into the ridges, keeping them as far above the fogline as possible as well as maximizing their sun exposure. 
There are certain varietals that respond well to such conditions, particularly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but the region is also known for its Rieslings and Syrah. 
The Fort Ross AVA is included within the Sonoma Coast. 
– Description from Amanda Schuster

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Popular Wineries in Sonoma Coast View all

  • Littorai Wines

    All of the process waste from winemaking is recycled through a constructed wetlands system and re...

  • Peter Mathis Wine

    Peter Mathis planted his 7.5 acre hillside vineyard in the Sonoma Valley in 1999 with Grenache, P...

  • Kastania Vineyards

    A viticulture class in 1994 inspired Linda and Hoot Smith to demonstrate their love of red wine b...

  • Sojourn Cellars

    For over 10 years, Sojourn Cellars has produced distinctive Pinot noir and Cabernet Sauvignon win...

  • DuNah Winery

    DuNah Vineyard & Winery lies in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley near the small country town ...

  • Deburca Wines

    Dermot Bourke Winemaker & Proprietor Dermot was born in San Francisco and grew up in Larkspur wh...

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  • Martin Ray Vineyards & Winery Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2015


    Grassy notes of golden berries, lemon zest and peach on the nose. Delicate on entry, this develops a tart acidity through the mid-palate and shows more lemon zest, white peach and blossom notes with a green note of beeswax and cut lawn towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Moshin Pinot Noir Molinari 2010


    Just a great Russian River Pinot from Moshin. This is not your sister's pinot, big and ripe but really well balanced. Ripe black cherries, strawberries and blackberries on the nose. On the tongue, more black cherry, leather, a touch of smoke, high but not over the top acidity, fine grain tannin, finish is medium long. Serious QPR here. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Seghesio Sonoma County Zinfandel 2013


    As usual this was excellent. Brambly blackberry, anise, currant, some chocolate with chewy tannins and refreshing acidity lead to a long, healthy aftertaste. Drink or hold (18-24 mths) Paul 91 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Deux Amis Sonoma County Zinfandel 2011


    Very good. Big aromas of blackberry, red plum, chocolate, earth with chewy tannins and lively acidity add to a great mouthfeel and a lasting aftertaste. Drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Ceritas Elliott Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012


    Similiar to my previous comments. Lots of light coming through the wine in the glasspretty red plum color. Delicate nose, slightly flowerygeraniumslightly fruitylight strawberry. Quite light on the tongue. Slight suggestion of strawberry, but, more interestingly a flavor of, more than anything else, cinnamon. Nice acid on the rear of the to... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Murphy-Goode Zinfandel Liar's Dice 2013


    Rich fruit aromas of blackberry syrup, floral sweetness, cinnamon and black cherry. Dark and brooding on the palate, ripe fruit notes of blackberry, black currant and black cherry with dark chocolate and black olive notes, with tart acidity and a bit of medicine coming in on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2014


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    Wine review by Horseracer

  • Ridge Zinfandel East Bench 2014


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    Wine review by Horseracer

  • Rockpile Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Rockpile Ridge Vineyard 2011


    Oaky, viney nose, with hints of black fruit. On the tongue, initial hints of currant and black plum. Lemon? Some earthiness and some tobacco. Surprisingly light tannins for such a young Cab, and the tannins that are there are sweet. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Sbragia Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc 2012


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    Wine review by boglebogle

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